Outdoor Table-Workbench

We had some folks come over last month for a grill-out, and didn’t have nearly enough seating to accommodate everyone. I decided to build and quick and dirty treated-lumber table that could double as a workbench.

I ended up running out to the hardware store an hour before people were coming over and finished fashioning the top together with recessed lag screws just in time. It was propped up on two saw horses and was garnished with a table cloth. It worked great!

To fulfill its role as a workbench, I thought I’d try to make the legs adjustable, so it can be table height for guests or standing height for working.

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Outdoor Planter

Our patio has seemed bare, so I built a raised planter for the patio. I ultimately ended up going with treated pine lumber, since it was vastly cheaper than cedar. I’m not too concerned about possible chemical leakage since I lined it with plastic anyway.

Some techniques I thought I would experiment with:

  • Mortise/Dado joints – I thought I’d try my hand at chiseling some dados to add stability to the planter.
  • Routing – I got a cheapie router and router table, thought I would give it a try for slotting the bottom tracks.

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